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  • Lesley King new

    The right to buy? Maintenance and the 1975 act

    17 August 2016 By Lesley King

    Lesley King discusses two new important pieces of OPG guidance, and an interesting – and somewhat surprising – case on maintenance under the Inheritance Act 1975

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    Contentious probate update August 2016

    16 August 2016 By Roman Kubiak

    Roman Kubiak takes a look at some more notable recent cases in the contentious trusts and probate field that you may have missed.

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    Contentious probate case law update July 2016

    18 July 2016 By Roman Kubiak

    Roman Kubiak, partner in the Contested Wills, Trusts and Estates team at Hugh James, takes a look at some of the most notable cases in the contentious trusts and probate field over the last few months.

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    RNRB and the new downsizing allowance

    18 July 2016 By Lesley King

    Two very different matters this month: I discuss an application to dispense with service of an application to make a statutory will on a person who was entitled to a half share in P’s estate and would be disinherited by the proposed will; and new ’downsizing’ provisions in the Finance Bill 2016 that ensure that the residence nil-rate band for inheritance tax will continue to be available when an individual downsizes or ceases to own a home. 

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    Using mediation to resolve private client disputes

    7 June 2016 By Andrew Hildebrand

    Leading commercial mediator Andrew Hildebrand explains how mediation can be used effectively to manage private client disputes

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    Extending the DOTAS regime to inheritance tax - the next chapter

    6 June 2016 By Lesley King

    Lesley King comments on HMRC’s long-awaited follow-up to last year’s consultation on the extension to DOTAS to inheritance tax

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    The biggest contentious probate cases of 2016 so far

    8 April 2016 By Roman Kubiak

    Roman Kubiak, partner at Hugh James, takes a look at some of the most notable cases in the contentious trusts and probate field over the last few months.

  • Lesley King new

    Costs of trust litigation: Blades v Isaac & Alexander

    8 April 2016 By Lesley King

    Lesley King discusses Blades v Isaac & Alexander [2016] EWHC 601 (Ch), which raises some some interesting points on the role of executors and trustees of discretionary trusts.

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    Going it alone

    1 March 2016 By Lesley King

    Lesley discusses a recent First-tier Tribunal which saw executors who had chosen to administer an estate without professional advice left with personal liability for an income tax bill that they were unable to settle from the estate

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    Lord Lucan is officially dead

    10 February 2016

    Lesley King rounds up the latest talking points in private client law, including Lord Lucan’s officially declared dead after over 40 years, and a High Court ruling that the lack of a personal representative does not allow a beneficiary to bring an action to protect assets on behalf of an estate